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Cabin Crew Blast ‘bullying’ British Airways Over Axe Threat

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BRITISH Airways have been accused of bullying in their bid to axe Scots cabin crew operations.

The company want to close their base at Glasgow airport with the loss of 138 jobs and operate from Heathrow instead.

Staff have staged a high-profile fightback, including setting up a website, www.savebascotland.co.uk.

Yesterday, they held a two-hour meeting in a hotel at Glasgow airport to discuss their next move.

Unite union airport officer Oliver Richardson said: “The meeting was successful but sadly coincided with a threatening letter to all employees from the company.

“It is basically trying to force employees at Glasgow to make a decision on their futures by December 19 – six days before Christmas – otherwise they will be moved to European short-haul flights operating from Heathrow as of January 17 whether they like it or not.

“It’s a threat and a bullying tactic when employees have followed procedures and stated they are willing to continue discussions. Today’s meeting was to give an update and discuss moves but it has coincided with this letter from BA. It has left employees angered.

“We have strong support from MSPs and Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy. The fight goes on.”

BA chief executive Willie Walsh wants some jobs to go through voluntary redundancy and the others to go to London.

Union bosses are to meet the company next week for further talks.

The Daily Record revealed on Wednesday how BA plan to scrap the early morning “red eye” Edinburgh – Heathrow shuttle often used by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Details emerged just weeks after the airline dumped the Glasgow-Heathrow early flight.

It also emerged this week that BA are in talks about a merger with the Australian flag-carrier Qantas.

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